Derwentwater is a true gem in the Northwest of England. The lake is stunning and suitable for all sort of family activities. It is also a few minutes walk from the village of Keswick.
It isn’t as popular as some of the other lakes in the region, meaning it is perfect for those looking to enjoy the Lake District but avoid some of the crowds.
Backstory of Derwentwater
Derwentwater is the second largest lake in the Lake District. It is 3 miles long and between ½ mile and 1 mile wide. The entire lake is owned by the National Trust.
Derwentwater is a glacial lake, formed by the action of a glacier in the last ice age. This glacier was mainly responsible for the huge valley that cuts the Lake District in two.
Derwentwater is reputed to be the most photographed lake in Great Britain, and it is easy to see why. The lake is surrounded by beautiful scenery, and there are many interesting features to visit nearby.
The main village on the lake is Keswick, which is a very popular tourist destination. Of course, there is a famous pub in Keswick, the ‘Beswick Arms’.
The Derwentwater Hotel is also in Keswick, and is one of the most well-known hotels in the Lake District.
The southern shore of Derwentwater is a place of outstanding natural beauty. This stretch of the lake is privately owned but the National Trust has access rights.
The northern shore is less spectacular, but is a good place for walking and enjoying the peaceful surroundings.
The lake is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England (and the United Kingdom). The highest of these mountains is Great Gable.
The lake is also quite shallow. It is only about 15 feet deep in places. In fact, it is possible to walk from one side of the lake to the other in some places.
Derwentwater is also an important source of drinking water for the city of Carlisle.
Derwentwater is well-frequented by holidaymakers throughout the year, and it is particularly popular with families. This is partly because the lake is shallow and largely free of rocks. It is also popular because of the fantastic scenery.
Derwentwater has a rich history. The Romans were the first to take an interest in this beautiful spot.
The lake was named after the River Derwent. This river is the largest in the Lake District.
The Derwentwater Camping and Caravanning Club Site sits on the lake shore and would undoubtedly be in the mix for best campsite in the UK. Park your RV next to the lake shore and enjoy surreal sunsets over the lake and mountains.
The lake is quite shallow, especially on the edge, so it means things like wild swimming can be enjoyed without feeling like you’re out of your depths.
Paddleboarding and kayaking are also popular activities.
Walks are available around the lake too.